What do three dentists, an architect, a global healthcare designer and educator, an accomplished woodworker and you have in common?

The 4th annual Incisal Edge Design Competition sponsored by Herman Miller, for one.

Incisal Edge, the leading lifestyle magazine for dental professionals, offers an opportunity for national recognition for those who incorporated creativity and innovation when creating their dental practice. Nominations will be accepted through September 9, 2016, and winners will be awarded prizes in each of the contest’s three categories: new


Three existing dental practices – one winner from each category- will receive an Aeron Chair (shownvalued at $3,000 provided by competition sponsor Herman Miller.

construction, repurposed practice, and specialty practice. Each winner will receive:


  • an Aeron Chair valued at $3,000 provided by Herman Miller,
  • a professional photo session for their practice,
  • a profile in Incisal Edgedental lifestyle magazine’s Winter issue, and
  • bragging rights for eternity.

For contest specifics, visit: IEDesignContest.com, an entry point created for ease of use, where previous year’s winners provide motivation, and detailed instructions offer helpful tips.

A juried panel from the dental and architectural worlds will select America’s most striking practices.  Each judge performs a comprehensive review of numerous submissions, including practice photos and floor plans, along with explanations of how each attains a functional balance of design, operation, and technology.  Get the inside track on the blue ribbon panel of judges:

JOYCE BASSETT, DDS, FAACD, FAGD, studied biology as an undergrad at the University of Toledo at age 16, and entered the College of Dentistry at Ohio State by 19. Without skipping a beat, Dr. Bassett opened a private practice in Scottsdale, Arizona, with its focus on complex rehabilitation cases.  Voted among the Top 5 Female CE Educators, this national lecturer and published author founded the Women Teaching Women Cosmetic Learning Facility, which has been an adjunct teaching site for the Arizona Dental School. The state’s only accredited Fellow in The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Bassett recently earned the appointment of President for the organization.

DAVID BISHOP, DDS, received his doctorate of dental surgery from the University of Texas Health Science Center of San Antonio Dental School. While pursuing his education, he worked summers constructing houses with his uncle in Missouri, and later used these skills – along with his father’s assistance – to design and build from the ground up his dental office on Greenville Avenue in Allen, Texas. At The Dentist of Allen, which earned an Incisal Edge Design Award in 2014, the accomplished woodworker joined, cut, pegged, and constructed by hand (from 54,000 pounds of rough cut cypress; no metal whatsoever) the timber frame that can be viewed in the reception area.

TRISTAN HAMILTON, DDS, M. ARCH., holds degrees in architecture (from Andrews University in Michigan) and dentistry (from Loma Linda University in Southern California). He practiced as an architect for several years in Washington, D.C.; among the projects he worked on were renovations of numerous U.S. embassies around the world.  He lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, where he practices in an office he designed himself, a space previously featured in Incisal Edge as one of the best dental offices in America.

PHYLLIS MARSHALL-RICE, LEED AP, EDAC is the Healthcare Design Manager at Herman Miller, Inc., where for 24 years she   has contributed in various design and design-related training roles. There, she and her team focus on creative and adaptive solutions for both inpatient, outpatient, and administrative facilities, working with and supporting major healthcare systems and Herman Miller dealers throughout the country, as well as globally. Currently she serves on the East Carolina University Interior Design Advisory Board.  A LEED Associate Professional who is EDAC certified (Evidence Based Design Accreditation and Certification), she holds a BFA in Environmental Design from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.

Published by Benco Dental, Incisal Edge celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime. To celebrate excellence in dental design, the magazine will profile the winners of its 4th annual design competition in the magazine’s winter edition. For additional information regarding Incisal Edge magazine, visit: https://www.incisaledgemagazine.com/